This county prides itself in the sanctity of its small-town charms, while enjoying its "just right" proximity of 30 miles to the Tulsa metropolitan area - truly the best of both worlds not only for growing families but for growing businesses.
Okmulgee County has a history rich in oil discoveries and coal mining. The county seat of Okmulgee became home to five refineries able to process one-third of the county's raw, liquid wealth, leading the state in coal production.
Okmulgee County is home to three lakes offering fishing, boating, camping and swimming, and another 8 major lakes are within an easy 75 miles drive. Everyone from hunting enthusiasts to bird watchers enjoy miles of the wooded beauty and animal life of the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, located in the bottomlands of the Deep Fork River running through Okmulgee County.
Local festivals take place throughout the year, giving rise to celebrate pecan growers with the annual Okmulgee Pecan Festival. Numerous other festivals including an annual 50s Bash, Mayfair,labor Day Festival, Indian Art Market, Chili Festival, and Festival of Light are held; as well as two larger well-known rodeos - the Okmulgee Invitational Rodeo paying tribute to the legendary black cowboy, and Henryetta's Living Legends rodeo celebrating the community's home-grown world famous cowboys.
Many towns' existence in Okmulgee County date back to Oklahoma's very beginnings, largely the product of early Indian settlers. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 brought many of Okmulgee County's very first settlers, including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. In addition, approximately 1,000 slaves and an unknown number of others of African descent accompanied the Creek Indians when they left Alabama and Georgia for Indian Territory in the mid-1830s. After the Civil War, these former slaves were adopted into the Creek tribe and were known as the "Creek Freedman."
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Entertainment came of age in Okmulgee as a result of oil money. Okmulgee was home to two Vaudeville theatres, one of which still stands today. The Orpheum Theatre has undergone renovation and features first run movies and special events today. The Cook Theatre was built by L.H.D. Cook (Okmulgee, OK Historic Theatres
Okmulgee is very uncommon. Steeped in history, Okmulgee is home to an eclectic mix of people, buildings, and cultures. Oilmen and money carved Okmulgee out of terra cotta and stone. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state.Okmulgee, OK Historic Homes
The Okmulgee Public Library, organized in 1907 by a local women's civic organization, was incorporated in 1910, and became a department of the City in 1914. The present Library building, the result of $100,000 in bonds voted for library purposes, was dedicated May 27, 1922Okmulgee, OK Historic Buildings
Springing up as a trading area around the Creek Council House, downtown Okmulgee grew by leaps and bounds in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The city boasts some of the finest architecture and architectural details in the state. The Servers Block was a testament to one of Okmulgee'Okmulgee, OK Historic Districts
The Okmulgee County Court House was completed in 1918, with marble walls and floors. The bonds for the court house had been sold to Katie Fixico, a wealthy Creek Indian, whose house has long housed the restaurant known as "The Southern Mansion."Okmulgee, OK Historic Courthouses
For golfers, Okmulgee Country Club's course is open to the public on weekdays. Established in 1920 with a "very average" course, the country club now boasts of having one of the better 9-hole courses in the state. It is an attractive course benefiting from an aggressive tree planting program.Okmulgee, OK Golf Courses